January 6 News Today’s NBA regular season, the Jazz defeated the Rockets 131-114.
After the game, Jazz coach Hardy accepted an interview with reporters.
Speaking of winning, Hardy said: "When you play five tough games in a row like we did, it’s hard to maintain the proper style of play. Winning is due to the team, thanks to us in the locker room.
The players and their ability to stay focused and support each other when things aren’t going their way. I think it’s really special and that’s why our fans love this team."
Speaking of Markkanen scoring 49 points, Hardy said: "Laurie (Markanen) played very well. He continued to affect the offense of the game in different ways. Obviously, he showed his shooting ability.
But he can play with the ball all the time, with the ball and screens, and that gives him the opportunity to score in a variety of ways."
In this campaign, Markkanen played 36 minutes and made 15 of 27 shots, including 6 of 15 three-pointers and 13 of 13 free throws. He scored 49 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.